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‘Without the Holy Spirit, God is distant, Christ is in the past, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is simply an organisation, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, worship is the summoning of the spirits and Christian action is the morality of slaves.

But in the Spirit, the risen Christ is here. The Gospel is the power of life. The Church means Trinitarian communion. Authority is a liberating service. Mission is a Pentecost. Liturgy is memorial and anticipation and human behaviour is deified'

Ignatius Hazim

‘Once the Spirit dwells in someone, as the Apostle says, the Spirit never ceases but prays continuously: then whether they sleep or wake, prayer is never absent from that person’s soul. If they eat or drink, go to sleep or are active; yes, even if they are sunk in deep sleep, the sweet fragrance of prayer effortlessly breathes in their heart. Then they are in possession of prayer that knows no limit. For at all times, even when they are outwardly still, prayer constantly ministers within them secretly'

Isaac of Nineveh

“Come Holy Spirit, renew, Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen”

Pope St John 23rd


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